The picturesque village of Stillingfleet is home to a remarkable Norman church with a long history and fascinating stories to tell.
The south west doorway of St Helens Church is reputed to be one of the finest in England and on display inside the church, you will find one of the oldest and most important doors in the country! The original Norman wooden door, with its original ironwork, including almost complete ‘C’ hinges is said to date back to the initial building of the church, and there is some evidence to suggest that it may have been used elsewhere in the tenth century. In the churchyard, you’ll also find the large headstone remembering the eleven victims of the ‘The Stillingfleet Tragedy’.
The lovely green is at the heart of the village and home to footpaths and walks, including the Stillingfleet Loop, that takes you on a journey around the village.
Of course, no visit to Stillingfleet would be complete without a visit to Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. The quintessentially English country gardens are a joy to explore and a fine example of how a relatively small space can encourage wildlife, whilst retaining all the beauty of a cottage garden.
The four-acre site comprises a series of themed areas surrounding the traditional farmhouse plus a pond, meadow, vegetable garden and a very well-stocked plant nursery. You will see first-hand the many ways that the garden is managed organically, giving you inspiration to take home and turn your garden into a wildlife haven too.
After you have explored the garden, make sure you pop by their Tea Room and Plant Nursery too. You will be surrounded by regularly changing art exhibitions, as you enjoy delicious homemade cakes. Stillingfleet Lodge’s entire ethos is one of sustainability – not just in how the garden is managed, but also in the Tea Room and plant nursery.